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We assist families in conflict, particularly those separating or divorcing.

Our household mediation service Edinburgh is quicker and more economical than heading to court. It reduces dispute, and your household stays in control of plans over kids, residential or commercial property and finance.

We work right throughout England and our family mediation service has more than thirty years’ experience supplying professional, expert family mediation services.

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How can mediation aid grandparents?

One of the sad, and typically unexpected, concerns when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that kids experience when they lose contact with grandparents, which grandparents can go through when they find they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents can use a special relationship to kids. They have more time and patience, and a different, more accepting point of view.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

The truth is that there are around one million grandparents in the UK who say they no longer have contact with their grandchildren– more often than not because of the divorce or separation of their own children or some other household argument.

This is particularly disheartening as all of us understand that moms and dads typically rely greatly on aid from their own parents to take care of their grandchildren. In fact, 97% of parents get some sort of assistance, according to Grandparentsplus. This may just be choosing the kids up from school, providing some food and keeping them occupied for an hour approximately up until their parents choose them up when they finish work. Some grandparents are far more hands on though, looking after the children for the whole day, every day, whilst moms and dads work.

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren is increasing greatly, increasing by 49% considering that 2009, however 99% of grandparent childminders stay unpaid, saving the nation around ₤ 17 billion in childcare.


It is easy to understand why loss of contact with grandkids can be heart-breaking for them and for the grandparents, who really have no automatic right to exposure to their grandchildren. It isn’t against the law for a parent to decline a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it might appear like there is nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, however there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation experts can help grandparents

Most grandparents will attempt to figure out issues themselves by approaching their children to talk about the problems, but if this does not work, where should they turn? Family feuds can currently be warmed, and blame is frequently part of the argument. Lawsuits, and court, is typically not the best method forward and can really sustain the fire. It is also costly and can take a very long time. Mediation presents a professional who has the ability to assist everyone, look at things in a different way and focus on what the kids need instead of their differences. It is less adversarial than the standard court path and can assist to facilitate much better discussions, presenting calm and control, leading to agreements that people can deal with.

Mediation is typically very successful and both parties can iron out misunderstandings, get a better understanding of why the relationship broke down and of each other’s expectations going forward.

Often, however, mediation Edinburgh does not work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts constantly have the kid’s best interests at heart and so will require grandparents to show that they did have a meaningful relationship with the grandchild prior to contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and won’t have a harmful impact on the larger family. Grandparents will likewise require to show that mediation has actually been attempted before applying to court, or that there was a particular reason that it wasn’t.

If you are a grandparent who has actually lost contact with your grandchildren, for whatever factor, contact our mediation specialists now. We can discuss your own circumstance and recommend whether we feel that mediation can assist you and your family.

One of the unfortunate, and typically unexpected, issues when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that children experience when they lose contact with grandparents, and that grandparents can go through when they find they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Sometimes, nevertheless, mediation doesn’t work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts constantly have the child’s finest interests at heart and so will need grandparents to reveal that they did have a significant relationship with the grandchild prior to contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and won’t have a damaging result on the wider household. Grandparents will likewise require to reveal that mediation has actually been tried before using to court, or that there was a specific factor that it wasn’t.

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Mediation is a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator is facilitative in that she/he manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication. Mediation is also evaluative in that the mediator analyzes issues and relevant norms (“reality-testing”), while refraining from providing prescriptive advice to the parties (e.g., “You should do…”).

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community, and family matters.

The term mediation broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach an agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable, and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution to end the conflict. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude.

The term mediation, however, due to language as well as national legal standards and regulations is not identical in content in all countries but rather has specific connotations, and there are some differences between Anglo-Saxon definitions and other countries, especially countries with a civil, statutory law tradition.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications, and licensing followed, which produced trained and professional mediators committed to the discipline.

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